February 2018

Audiology With A Heart

It’s Super Bowl time again and anyone that knows me, knows that I am a Patriots fan. You can’t be born in Boston and not root for the home team! That being said let’s hope for a good game and let the best team win.

Fun fact: The loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium is 142.2 db and was achieved by fans of the Kansas City Chiefs, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on 29 September 2014. The roar was recorded with 8 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

I have to extend a big thank you to Karalee Needelman from Advanced Bionics. We partnered together to present an informational workshop on cochlear implants. We had a great turnout and are now discussing when we might schedule another workshop.

We are now in the middle of health fair season and are quite often out of the office. Please remember to call before you head to the office – we don’t want you making a trip in vain!

February Schedule

  • Feb. 2: Temple Shaarei Shalom; phone distribution; RSVP required
  • Feb. 6: Health Fair; Rainberry Bay; Delray Beach
  • Feb. 7: King’s Point Plaza; phone distribution; RSVP required
  • Feb. 13: Health Fair; The Grove; Boynton Beach
  • Feb. 14: Patch Reef Park; phone distribution; RSVP required 10am – 12pm
    Delray Community Wellness Ctr; phone distribution; RSVP; 1:45pm – 3:15pm
  • Feb. 16: Health fair; Buena Vida, Wellington
  • Feb. 19: Closed for President’s Day
  • Feb. 20: Health fair; Club at Indian Lakes
  • Feb. 21: Voter workshop at PBC Association of the Deaf
  • Feb. 22: Jupiter Community Center; phone distribution; RSVP required
  • Feb. 26: Health Fair; King’s Point Delray Beach
  • Feb. 27: Health fair; Valencia Palms Delray Beach
  • Feb. 28: Patch Reef Park; phone distribution; RSVP required

1. At the age of 65, one in three adults has some hearing loss; however, a majority of the people who suffer from hearing loss are under age 65.

2. Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States.

3. Excessive noise exposure is the #1 cause of hearing loss.

4. The bones in the middle ear (malleus, incus, and stapes) are the body’s smallest bones. All three can fit together on the surface area of a penny.

5. 37% of children with hearing loss fail at least one grade.

6. The outer ear never stops growing throughout one’s lifetime.

7. The middle ear is about the size of an M&M.

8. The inner ear is no larger than a pencil eraser in circumference.

9. Not all living creatures hear with ears. Snakes use jawbones, fish respond to pressure changes, and male mosquitoes use antennae.

10. The eardrum moves less than a billionth of an inch in response to sound.

11. In World War I parrots were kept on the Eiffel Tower in Paris because of their remarkable sense of hearing. When the parrots heard enemy aircraft,  they warned everyone of the approaching danger long before any human ear would hear it.

12. Earwax has been useful to anthropologists for studying mankind’s early migratory patterns.